Which VMware workstation player to install on windows 10


  1. Posts : 48
    windows 10 pro X64
       #1

    Which VMware workstation player to install on windows 10


    can i install any version ?
    can i install linux or windows 7 using vmware on windows 10 ?

    Thank you in advance
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  2. Posts : 741
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    VMware workstation is at version 12.1 and can be installed Windows 10,8,or 7 64 bit only, They stopped making 32 bit versions of VMware Workstation at 10.1 and that can be installed on Windows 10,8,or 7 32 bit computers.

    Yes you can run almost any version of Windows on it and also most versions of Linux, I think it is even possible to run Android 86 but I'm not sure I haven't tried Android yet
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  3. Posts : 447
    Windows 10 Pro
       #3

    Since VMWare player comes for free it's definitely recommendable to install the latest version.
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    whs
    Posts : 1,935
    Windows 7
       #4

    These tutorials I made a while ago. They may be useful. Click on the link withing that link.

    Virtual OS Tutorial - Install, Setup and Operate - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  5. strollin's Avatar
    Posts : 769
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10Pro (tablet)
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    If you are running the Pro version of Win 10 (which is what's listed in your system spec), you could use Hyper-V that comes with the OS to create and run VMs. No need to install VMWare.

    Hyper-V virtualization - Setup and Use in Windows 10
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  6. jimbo45's Avatar
    Posts : 9,057
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    strollin said:
    If you are running the Pro version of Win 10 (which is what's listed in your system spec), you could use Hyper-V that comes with the OS to create and run VMs. No need to install VMWare.

    Hyper-V virtualization - Setup and Use in Windows 10
    Hi there
    Yes that will work --BUT: it's more Ms orientated so running some Linux Distros might be problematical, and also if you have eseoteric hardware that requires its own drivers then there's also a problem. USB support is "iffy" to say the least and if you want Sound / Video from the VM you'll probably be out of luck unless you use RDP (remote desktop) to transfer sound etc.

    HYPER-V IMO works fine if you want just basic file and print server stuff --for running real legacy hardware on VM's such as old scanners / Minidisc recorders / Vinyl cutting recording studio stuff / Old photograph negative scanners etc you would be better off using VMWARE or VBOX.

    I have an XP VM machine which still handles an old HP Plotter for example and some Blueprint drawing hardware -- no way is that stuff supported any more - even on Windows 7. It works fine on the XP VM which will outlast my W7 systems. Some of this old hardware works fine and is very expensive - if not impossible to replace. A full XP VM under VMware works fine --no way does this stuff work as a VM in a HYPER V system.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. Posts : 48
    windows 10 pro X64
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Thank you all for the valuable information you shared, i will go with jimbo45 advice, using whs tutorial, with the latest VMware version as altae mentioned with special thanks to sml156 for the reply.
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